by Joe Lynn
Regardless of where someone went to school, those who lived on campus during college will have jokes and stories about their dining hall. FHU is no different. Ga-NO is a simple quip, but easily my favorite when it came to FHU’s cafeteria. But, it doesn’t reflect my true feelings for this dining establishment. Call me easy to please, call me not-picky, say my tastes are not refined or whatever, but one of my favorite things about FHU is eating in Wallace-Gano Dining Hall.
‘Back in my day,’ which sounds so weird when talking about college, the dining hall was just called Gano. At some point in the past 5 years, the Wallace was added to the name, but none of that’s really important. What is important is that besides the name, there have been a lot of changes to the dining hall. It’s been completely renovated, new stations have been added, kitchen appliances replaced, and it’s under a completely new food service provider. Students can always find something good to eat for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. There’s always a “home-style” choice that is likely reminiscent of things you’d find on grandma’s table, an international food bar, a sandwich-of-the-day station, salad bar, pizza/pasta line, cereal, fruit, or the diner where you can get freshly made burgers, chicken sandwiches, grilled cheese, and fries anytime. Top things off with something from one of the many dessert stands or visit the popular soft serve ice cream station for a treat to take back to the dorms. If you don’t like something, or if you have an idea about a dish that might be good, fill out one of the suggestion cards. The staff actually pays attention to these and tries to tailor their options to student’s requests.
As with most things in my opinion, it’s not about what the place has to offer, but it’s the experience of being there with friends. Sure sometimes, you’re in a hurry and have to grab something real quick and maybe even fly solo in order to cut down on time, but to me there was nothing better than getting a big crew together in the dorm or the student center and enjoying a nice long “family dinner” together in the dining hall. Food really does bring people together, especially college students with endless appetites. Some of my favorite memories involve walking down the hall of my dorm, peeking my head in open doorways, and inviting people to go eat dinner. Sometimes it was just meeting up in the student center after chapel or after an 11:30 class to go enjoy a meal together. And there was always the pleasure of sending a freshman up the stairs to check out the menu before the made the trek to the dining hall.
FHU dining services work hard to provide our students, faculty, and staff with good, enjoyable, nutritious options as well as wonderful not-so-good-for-you foods. Every campus visit includes the opportunity to enjoy a meal in Wallace-Gano Dining Hall. Come and see us soon!